Western Power Distribution is to explore the benefits of collaboration between local authorities and network companies through its new Energy Planning Integrated with Councils (EPIC) project. The £540,000 Network Innovation Allowance funded project will look to develop a tool that allows the investment plans for energy networks and local authorities to be jointly analysed and potential synergies identified. While current Distribution Future Energy Scenarios (DFES) are created with input from local authorities, they are based on national scenarios and do not fully adopt or incorporate local authority’s longer term strategic plans, explained WPD. EPIC will look to develop a standardised process and tool for local authorities to create more accurate energy plans, capable of taking into account uptake of technologies like electric vehicles, small scale renewable generation and the decarbonisation of heat.
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